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Book Survey: American WWII Divisional Histories

   Beginning shortly after the war ended and continuing for quite a few years, most American divisions, or someone connected to the division, produced some kind of unit history. These ranged from brief mementos to comprehensive, blow-by-blow accounts to photo albums with a dearth of text. Many divisions published more than one tome, and of course over the years other authors tackled the subjects, meaning that there were eventually hundreds of books that could be called, more or less, divisional histories. From the perspective of quality of content, these varied considerably in value. Most of the original volumes published in the 1940s and 1950s are hard to find and, whatever their value as historical sources, they tend to be quite pricey.
   Fortunately, the Battery Press of Nashville has been reprinting most of these books in high quality editions, and these excellent reprints are generally available and at much more reasonable prices.
   Even though so many divisional histories are available, it can be difficult to identify books covering specific divisions, especially since the titles are not always entirely helpful in this respect. There are several sources of information for all these histories that make it easier to find the books covering each division.
   James T. Controvich has produced a series of printed bibliographies that comprise probably the most comprehensive source available, although not always quite so convenient in this wired era. In addition, the Battery Press website lists all its divisional reprints, but only the ones that are currently available (since these tend to come and go out of print). Our own Stone & Stone pages offer a lengthy compilation of American unit histories displayed alphabetically by author's last name.
   Finally, this page offers a survey of the most important histories for all the American divisions in World War II, listed sequentially by the division's number. Each title listed here also includes a link to a page where, depending on the item, visitors can find more information about the book, links to other editions of the book, links to reviews, links to sources for purchasing the book, and feedback about the book provided by visitors to our website.

Americal Division
Cronin, Francis. Under the Southern Cross: Saga of the Americal Division. Washington, DC: Combat Forces Press, 1978

Philippine Division
1st Armored Division
Howe, George F. Battle History of the 1st Armored Division. Washington DC: Combat Forces Press, 1954

1st Cavalry Division
Wright, Bertram C. The First Cavalry Division in World War II. Tokyo: Toppan Printing Company, 1947

1st Infantry Division
Knickerbocker, H. R. Danger Forward: Story of the First Division in WWII. Atlanta: Love, 1947

1st Marine Division
McMillan, George. Old Breed: A History of the First Marine Division in World War II. Washington, DC: Infantry Journal Press, 1949

Merillat, Herbert. Island: A History of the First Marine Division on Guadalcanal, August 7 - December 9, 1942. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1944

2nd Armored Division
Houston, Donald. Hell on Wheels: The 2nd Armored Division. San Rafael, CA: Presidio Press, 1977

Trahan, E.A. A History of the Second United States Armored Division, 1940-1946. Atlanta: Albert Love Enterprises, 1946

2nd Cavalry Division
2nd Infantry Division
US Army. Combat History of the Second Infantry Division in World War II. Baton Rouge: Army & Navy Publishing Co, 1946

2nd Marine Division
Johnston, Richard W. Follow Me! The Story of the Second Marine Division in WWII. New York: Random House, 1948

3rd Armored Division
Woolner, Sgt Frank. Spearhead in the West, 1941-45: The Third Armored Division. Frankfurt am Main: Franz Henrich, 1945

3rd Infantry Division
Taggart, Donald G. History of the 3rd Infantry Division in World War II. Washington, DC: Infantry Journal Press, 1947

3rd Marine Division
Aurthur, Robert and K. Cohlmia. Third Marine Division in World War II. Washington, DC: Infantry Journal Press, 1948

Vance, R. Third Marine Division, 1942-45. 1986

4th Armored Division
Frankel, Nat. Patton's Best: An Informal History of the 4th Armored Division. New York: Hawthorne Books, 1978

Koyen, Kenneth. Fourth Armored Division from the Beach to Bavaria. Munich: Herder Druck, 1946

Shapiro, Milton. Tank Command: Patton's 4th Armored Division. New York: David McKay and Co, 1979

US Army. What They Said about the Fourth Armored Division in WWII. Landshut: Herder, 1945

4th Infantry Division
Anonymous. 4th Infantry Division. Baton Rouge: Army & Navy Publishing Co, 1946

4th Marine Division
Chapin, John C. 4th Marine Division in World War II. Washington, DC: US Marine Corps, 1974

Proehl, Carl W. Fourth Marine Division in World War II. Washington, DC: Infantry Journal Press, 1946

5th Armored Division
Anonymous. Paths of Armor: Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Alsace, Rhineland, Central Europe. Atlanta: Albert Love, 1950

US Army. Victory Division in Europe: Story of the Fifth Armored Division. Gotha: Engelhard, 1945

5th Infantry Division
Vanderheiden, Paul H. and Campbell. Fifth Infantry Division in the ETO. Atlanta: Love, 1945

5th Marine Division
Conner, Howard M. Spearhead: The World War II History of the 5th Marine Division. Washington, DC: Infantry Journal Press, 1950

6th Armored Division
Anonymous. Combat Record of the Sixth Armored Division in the European Theater of Operations. Aschaffenberg: Steinbeck Druck, 1945

Hofmann, George F. Super Sixth: History of the 6th Armored Division in World War II. Louisville: Sixth Armored Division Assn, 1975

6th Infantry Division
US Army. 6th Infantry Division in World War II, 1939-1945. Washington, DC: Infantry Journal Press, 1947

6th Marine Division
Cass, Bevan G. History of the Sixth Marine Division. Washington, DC: Infantry Journal Press, 1948

7th Armored Division
Anonymous. Seventh Armored Division Final Report. France: 21st Army Group, 1945

7th Infantry Division
Love, Edmond G. Hourglass: History of the 7th Infantry Division in World War II. Washington, DC: Infantry Journal Press, 1950

8th Armored Division
Leach, Charles R. In Tornado's Wake: A History of the US 8th Armored Division. Chicago: Eighth Armored, 1956

8th Infantry Division
Griesbach, Marc F. Combat History of the 8th Infantry Division in World War II. Baton Rouge, LA: Army Navy Publishing Company, 1945

9th Armored Division
9th Infantry Division
Mittelman, Joseph B. Eight Stars to Victory: History of the Veteran Ninth US Infantry Division. Washington, DC: 9th Infantry Division Assn, 1948

10th Armored Division
Nichols, Lester M. Impact: The Battle Story of the Tenth Armored Division. New York: Bradbury, Sayles, O'Neill, 1954

10th Mountain Division
Burton, Hal. The Ski Troopers: A History of the 10th Mountain Division. New York: Simon and Schuster 1971

Dusenberry, Harris and Wilson P. Ware. North Appenines and Beyond with the 10th Mountain Division. Portland, OR: Binford & Mort, 2001

Dusenberry, Harris and Wilson P. Ware. Ski the High Trail: World War II Ski Troopers in the High Colorado Rockies. Portland, OR: Binford & Mort, 2001

Harper, Frank. Night Climb: The Story of the Skiing 10th. New York: Longman, Green, 1946

Templeton, Kenneth S. 10th Mountain Division: America's Ski Troops. Chicago: N.P., 1945

Whitlock, Flint. Soldiers on Skis: A Pictorial Memoir of the 10th Mountain Div. 1992

11th Airborne Division
Flanagan jr, E. M. The Angels: A History of the 11th Airborne Division. Washington, DC: Infantry Journal Press, 1946

11th Armored Division
Steward, Hal D. Thunderbolt: 11th Armored Division in WWII. Washington: 1948

12th Armored Division
Anonymous. The Hellcats in World War II: A History of the US Twelfth Armored Division. Baton Rouge: Army & Navy Publishing Co, 1947

13th Airborne Division
Blythe, William. 13th Airborne Division. Atlanta: Albert Love, 1946

13th Armored Division
Anonymous. The Thirteenth Armored Division: A History of the Black Cats. Baton Rouge, LA: Army Navy Publishing Company, 1946

14th Armored Division
Carter, Joseph. History of the 14th Armored Division. Atlanta: Love, 1945

16th Armored Division
17th Airborne Division
Pay, Don R. Thunder from Heaven: Story of the 17th Airborne Division, 1943-45. Birmingham: Boots, 1947

20th Armored Division
Anonymous. Armor in the ETO: 20th Armored Division in World War II. Atlanta: Love, 1946

23rd Infantry Division
See Americal Division

24th Infantry Division
Valtin, Jan. Children of Yesterday. New York: Readers Press, 1946.

25th Infantry Division
Karolevitz, R. F. (ed). 25th Division and World War 2. Baton Rouge: Army & Navy Publishing Co, 1946

Rutherfoord, William de Jarnette. 165 Days: A Story of the 25th Division on Luzon. 1945

26th Infantry Division
US Army. History of the 26th Yankee Division. Salem: Deschamps, 1955

27th Infantry Division
Love, Edmund G. The 27th Infantry Division in World War II. Washington, DC: Infantry Journal Press, 1949

28th Infantry Division
Anonymous. Historical and Pictorial Review of the 28th Infantry Division. Atlanta: Albert Love Enterprises, 1946

29th Infantry Division
Balkoski, Joseph. Beyond the Beachhead: The 29th Infantry Division in Normandy. Harrisburg: Stackpole Books, 1999

Ewing, Joseph H. 29 Let's Go! A History of the US 29th Infantry Division in WWII. Washington, DC: Infantry Journal Press, 1948

30th Infantry Division
Hewitt, Robert L. Work Horse of the Western Front: Story of the 30th Infantry Div. Washington, DC: Infantry Journal Press, 1946

31st Infantry Division
Anonymous. History of the 31st Infantry Division in Training and Combat, 1940-1945. Baton Rouge, LA: Army Navy Publishing Company, 1946

32nd Infantry Division
Blakeley, Harold W. 32nd Infantry Division in World War II. Madison, WI: N.P., 1957

Carlisle, John M. Red Arrow Men: Stories about the 32nd Division on the Villa Verde. Detroit: Arnold-Powers, 1945

33rd Infantry Division
Anonymous. The Golden Cross: A History of the 33rd Infantry Division in World War II. Washington, DC: Infantry Journal Press, 1948

34th Infantry Division
Hougen, John H. The Story of the 34th Infantry Division. San Angelo, TX: Newsfoto, 1949

US Army. Story of the 34th Infantry Division: Louisiana to Pisa. Italy: 1945

35th Infantry Division
Anonymous. Presenting the 35th Infantry Division in World War II, 1941-1945. Atlanta: Albert Love, 1946

36th Infantry Division
Huff, Richard A. Pictorial History of 36th Texas Infantry Division in WWII. Austin: 36th Division Association, 1946

Lockhart, Vincent M. T-Patch to Victory: The 36th Infantry Division from the Landing in Southern France to the End of World War II. Canyon, TX: Staked Plains, 1981

Smith, Lee C. A River Swift and Deadly: The 36th Texas Infantry Division at the Rapido River. 1989

Wagner, Robert L. Texas Army: History of the 36th Division in the Italian Campaign. Austin: State House Press, 1972

37th Infantry Division
Frankel, Stanley. 37th Infantry Division in World War II. Washington, DC: Infantry Journal Press, 1948

38th Infantry Division
Hodges, Peyton. 38th Infantry Division, Avengers of Bataan: Luzon Campaign. Atlanta: Albert Love, 1947

40th Infantry Division
US Army. 40th Infantry Division: The Years of World War II. Baton Rouge: Army & Navy Publishing Co, 1947

41st Infantry Division
McCartney, William F. Jungleers: A History of the US 41st Infantry Division. Washington, DC: Infantry Journal Press, 1948

Westerfield, Dr Hargis. Fighting Jungleers: 41st Infantry Division. Chelsea, MI: Lithographers, 1980

42nd Infantry Division
Daly, Hugh C. 42nd Rainbow Division: Combat History of World War II. Baton Rouge: Army & Navy Publishing Co, 1946

43rd Infantry Division
Zimmer, Joseph E. History of the 43d Infantry Division, 1941-1945. Baton Rouge, LA: Army Navy Publishing, 1946

44th Infantry Division
Anonymous. Combat History : 44th Infantry Division, 1944-1945. Atlanta: Albert Love, 1946

45th Infantry Division
Bishop, Leo V. et al. Fighting Forty-Fifth: The Combat Report of an Infantry Division. Baton Rouge: Army Navy Publishing, 1946

Nelson, Guy. Thunderbird. History of the 45th Infantry Division. Oklahoma City: 45th Infantry Division Assn, 1970

Whitlock, Flint. Rock of Anzio: From Sicily to Dachau: The 45th Infantry Division. Boulder, CO: Westview, 1998

63rd Infantry Division
65th Infantry Division
US Army. 65th Infantry Division Pictorial History. 1945

66th Infantry Division
Wessman, Sinto S. 66: A Story of World War II. Baton Rouge, LA: Army Navy Publishing, 1946.

69th Infantry Division
US Army. Pictorial History of the 69th Infantry Division. Munich: 69th Division, 1945

70th Infantry Division
71st Infantry Division
Clinger, Fred. The History of the 71st Infantry Division. Augsburg, Germany: E. Kiesser KG, 1946

75th Infantry Division
Anonymous. Pictorial History of the 75th Infantry Division, 1944-1945. Baton Rouge, LA: Army Navy Publishing, 1946

76th Infantry Division
Hutnik, Joeseph and L. KobrickWe Ripened Fast: Unofficial History of the 76th Infantry Division. Frankfurt: Lembeck, 1946

77th Infantry Division
Myers, Max (editor). Ours to Hold High: History of the 77th Infantry Division in WWII. Washington, DC: Infantry Journal Press, 1947

78th Infantry Division
US Army. Lightning: History of the 78th Infantry Division in WWII. Washington, DC: Infantry Journal Press, 1947

79th Infantry Division
Anonymous. Cross of Lorraine: A Combat History of the 79th Infantry Division, June 1942-December 1945. Baton Rouge, LA: Army Navy Publishing Company, 1946

US Army. Combat History of the 79th Infantry Division. Germany: 1945

80th Infantry Division
81st Infantry Division
Anonymous. The 81st Infantry Division in World War II. Washington, DC: Infantry Journal Press, 1948

82nd Airborne Division
Anzuoni, Robert P. All American: An Illustrated History of the 82nd Airborne Division. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Military History, 2002

Carter, Ross S. Those Devils in Baggy Pants [82nd Airborne]. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1951

Dawson, W. (ed). Saga of the All American. Atlanta: Albert Love, 1946

Thompson, Leroy. All Americans: The 82nd Airborne. London: David, 1988

83rd Infantry Division
Hayhow, Ernie. Thunderbolt across Europe [US 83rd Infantry Division]. Munich: Bruckmann, 1945

84th Infantry Division
Draper, Theodore. 84th Division in the Battle for Germany. New York: Viking, 1946

85th Infantry Division
Schultz, Paul. The 85th Infantry Division in World War II. Washington, DC: Infantry Journal Press, 1949

86th Infantry Division
Briggs, Richard A. Black Hawks over the Danube: History of 86th Infantry Division. Louisville: Western Recorder, 1954

87th Infantry Division
Anonymous. An Historical and Pictorial Review of the 87th Infantry Division in World War II, 1942-1945. Baton Rouge, LA: Army Navy Publishing, 1946

88th Infantry Division
Brown, John S. Draftee Division: The 88th Infantry Division in World War II. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1998

Delaney, John P. Blue Devils in Italy: History of 88th Infantry Division in WWII. Washington, DC: Infantry Journal Press, 1947

Dupuy, Col. T. N. (ed). 88th Division in World War II: Factors Responsible for Its Excellence. McLean, VA: NOVA Publications, 1981

89th Infantry Division
Diamond, Maynard L. et al. The 89th Infantry Division, 1942-1945. Washington: Infantry Journal Press, 1947

90th Infantry Division
Abrams, Joe I. History of the 90th Division in World War II. Baton Rouge: Army & Navy Publishing Co, 1946

Colby, John. War from the Ground Up: 90th Infantry Division. Austin, TX: Nortex, 1991

91st Infantry Division
Robbins, Robert A. 91st Infantry Division in World War II. Washington, DC: Infantry Journal Press, 1947

92nd Infantry Division
Arnold, John. Buffalo Soldiers: 92nd Infantry Division. Manhattan, KS: Sunflower University Press, 1990

Goodman, Paul. A Fragment of Victory: The 92nd Infantry Division in World War II. Carlisle Barracks: Army War College, 1952

Hargrove, Hondon B. Buffalo Soldiers in Italy. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, 1985

93rd Infantry Division
94th Infantry Division
Byrnes, Laurence G. History of the 94th Infantry Division in WWII. Washington, DC: Infantry Journal Press, 1948

95th Infantry Division
Fuermann, George and Cranz Edward. Ninety-Fifth Infantry Division History. Atlanta: Albert Love, 1946

96th Infantry Division
Davidson, Orlando. Deadeyes: The Story of the 96th Infantry Division. Washington, DC: Infantry Journal Press, 1947

97th Infantry Division
98th Infantry Division
99th Infantry Division
Lauer, Walter E. Battle Babies: The Story of the 99th Infantry Division in WWII. Baton Rouge, LA: Military Press of Louisiana, 1951

100th Infantry Division
Bass, Michael. Story of the Century: The 100th Infantry Division in WWII. New York: Century, 1946

101st Airborne Division
Bando, Mark. 101st Airborne: From Holland to Hitler's Eagle's Nest. 1995

Bando, Mark. 101st Airborne at Normandy. Oceola, WI: Motorbooks, 2001

Mitchell, Col Ralph M. 101st Airborne Division's Defense of Bastogne. Ft Leavenworth: Command and Gen Staff College, 1986

Rapport, Leonard and Northwood, A. Rendezvous with Destiny: A History of the 101st Airborne Division. Washington, DC: Infantry Journal Press, 1948

102nd Infantry Division
Mick, Allan H. With the 102nd Infantry Division through Germany in WWII. Washington, DC: Infantry Journal Press, 1947

103rd Infantry Division
Mueller, Ralph and Jerry Turk. Report after Action: Story of the 103rd Infantry Division. Innsbruk: 1945

104th Infantry Division
Hoegh, Leo A. and Howard J. Doyle. Timberwolf Tracks: The History of the 104th Infantry Division. Washington, DC: Infantry Journal Press, 1946

106th Infantry Division
Dupuy, R. Ernest. St Vith: Lion in the Way: The 106th Infantry Division in WWII. Washington, DC: Infantry Journal Press, 1949

 

Reviewed 13 September 2002
Copyright © 2002 by Bill Stone
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